## The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-year HistoryBy any measure, the Pythagorean theorem is the most famous statement in all of mathematics, one remembered from high school geometry class by even the most math-phobic students. Well over four hundred proofs are known to exist, including ones by a twelve-year-old Einstein, a young blind girl, Leonardo da Vinci, and a future president of the United States. Here--perhaps for the first time in English--is the full story of this famous theorem. Although attributed to Pythagoras, the theorem was known to the Babylonians more than a thousand years before him. He may have been the first to prove it, but his proof--if indeed he had one--is lost to us. Euclid immortalized it as Proposition 47 in his In this book, Eli Maor brings to life many of the characters that played a role in the development of the Pythagorean theorem, providing a fascinating backdrop to perhaps our oldest enduring mathematical legacy. |

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User Review - themulhern - LibraryThingEli Maor writes clearly, interestingly, and soberly. No dumb jokes to lighten up the subject matter! Detailed Review: Preface: The Pythagorean Theorem, why is it interesting? Just a teaser, really ... Read full review

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User Review - fpagan - LibraryThingInteresting selection of math topics surrounding "a squared plus b squared equals c squared." Not equation-phobic, nor even calculus-phobic, yet pretty undemanding. *Badly* marred by the overleaf placement of figures. Read full review

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Analytic Hyperbolic Geometry and Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity Abraham A. Ungar No preview available - 2008 |